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Do you ever get writer's block? Or fatigue? How do you overcome those things?

YES. I am almost always tired when I sit down to write because I write when my kids are in bed—so I’m either up early or up late. But I’ve learned that if I wait for the perfect moment to write, I won’t write very often. So I just try to write through it and usually it gets better as I go along.

Some things I’ve found that really help me clear my mind are: taking a break from the manuscript (for a few hours, a few days, whatever I need), starting a new fun project, going for a run, and hanging out with my kids or with a good friend.

Reverse psychology works on me too. If I tell myself I’m not going to write/I can’t write for a while, then it’s not long before I’m DYING to write!